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Deputy Chief of Police William “Todd” Henry, Biography

Todd Henry began his career with the Metropolitan Nashville, Tennessee Police Department in 1991, working as a patrol officer in the West Sector for four years, and then working undercover street drugs in the Crime Suppression Unit for one year. Todd was promoted to Sergeant in 1998 and helped develop, and supervise, the agency’s Crime Gun Unit. In 2001, he rose to the rank of Lieutenant and took on additional duties as Crisis Negotiator Team Field Commander.

Todd was selected to attend Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety’s ten-week School of Police Staff and Command in 2002. Upon his graduation in September 2002, he was transferred to the Intelligence Division. He is currently serving a second term as a Region 2 (Southeast) director and is the President elect to take effect 1/1/11 on the Alumni Advisory Board for Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety.

Todd was named Acting Captain of the Intelligence Division in May 2003 overseeing a staff of thirty plus officers and civilians and served in that capacity until his promotion to the rank of Captain on January 1, 2004.

The Intelligence and Vice Divisions were combined into the Specialized Investigations Division (SID) in May 2004 with Captain Henry being appointed as Commander of that Division. The SID is staffed for some 70+ police and civilian personnel and includes various units such as narcotics, gangs, prostitution, gambling, gun crimes, hate crimes, terrorism, seizures, and dignitary protection.

In July of 2006 Todd attended the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police, an intensive three week course hosted by Boston University and staffed mainly by instructors from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

In the summer of 2009 Todd attended the International Association of Chief’s of Police (IACP) Leadership in Police Organizations three week training program.

On July 1, 2009 Todd was appointed as Commander of the Hermitage Police Precinct. Hermitage Precinct covers a little over 120 square miles in the East/Southeast portion of Davidson County. Hermitage Precinct has over 160 officers/detectives/staff to provide service to over 120,000 Davidson County residents. Hermitage Precinct has over 105 community groups, 2 lakes (Old Hickory and Percy Priest) with adjoining recreation areas and Opry Mills Mall.

On October 16, 2010 Todd was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police and assigned to head the Administrative Services Bureau which includes the Training Division, Information & Technology Division, Records Division, and Property & Evidence Division.

On January 16, 2014 Todd transferred command to the Investigative Services Bureau which includes the Criminal Investigation, Special Investigations, Warrants, Domestic Violence, and Youth Services Divisions.

Todd graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration in 1989, teaches Leadership and Management for the University of Tennessee’s Law Enforcement Innovation Center, speaks nationwide on behalf of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) and was a member of the 2006-2007 class of Leadership Nashville.